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Richmond University president says he will step down in 2022

Sep. 24, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The first Black president of a university in Virginia's capital city has announced that he will step down in 2022. University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher, 73, said in a statement Wednesday that he plans to leave the position in early 2022. Crutcher gave the two-year...

Appeals court rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

Sep. 23, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected a request from the Gloucester County School Board for a...

People pay respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

'Rock star' appeals judge Allison Rushing in high court mix

Sep. 23, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Called both a legal “rock star” by Republican senators and an “ideological extremist” by critics, Allison Jones Rushing had already landed what most lawyers would consider a career-defining position before turning 40. But the Trump administration may have...

Ten inmate deaths reported at Virginia prison from COVID-19

Sep. 23, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten inmates at a Virginia prison which holds many elderly and otherwise vulnerable inmates have died from COVID-19, officials said. Deerfield Correctional Center, which is located in Capron, 69 miles (111 kilometers) south of Richmond, has an assisted living unit and infirmary and...

VCU aims to boost numbers on National Voter Registration Day

Sep. 22, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and volunteers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond are working online and in-person to get out the student vote. Get-out-the-vote groups are holding events that allow students to register to vote in-person and follow social...

Virginia college Greek life changes in the face of COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There are no dodgeball games, cookouts or other rushing events at Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in Richmond, but fraternities and sororities are still recruiting new brothers and sisters. The Greek chapters at VCU, and many other Virginia schools, are using Zoom to...

Bill to end mandatory jail time for assaults on police fails

Sep. 22, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday killed legislation that called for eliminating mandatory jail time for assaulting a police officer, a bill that drew heated opposition from Republicans who said it would send the wrong message at a time when law enforcement has come under attack during...

Prosecutor will probe mayor's removal of Confederate statues

Sep. 22, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia has appointed a county prosecutor to investigate whether Richmond's mayor broke any laws when his administration hired a company to remove the city’s Confederate monuments. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi...

Virginia Commonwealth to remove Confederate names, symbols

Sep. 19, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A university in the former capital of the Confederacy will remove building names, plaques and other symbols that honor several Confederate supporters. The board of visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond voted unanimously on Friday to remove 16 different references on...

Kids in Richmond Latino area help each other during pandemic

Sep. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Blanca Martinez Vasquez inhaled through her black red-and-white striped mask and furrowed her eyebrows, cocking her head to one side as she stared down the streaks of her highlighter masterpiece with one word in the middle. “Saber.” “To know.” Kimberly...